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Art Rooney II says 'it's time' for some fans to be at Heinz Field

Updated: Sep 29, 2020

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The Steelers have played their first two games at Heinz Field without fans in the stands and they remain optimistic and hopeful to have fans at games come October. On Sunday morning, Art Rooney II said "We really think it's time" on the Steelers' pregame radio show on WDVE 102.5 FM in regards to having some fans attend games at Heinz Field.

“We feel good about our outdoor plan we submitted to the authorities,” Rooney said. “We’re seeing around the country other stadiums having fans and so far not having any major outbreaks of the virus because of that situation. We really think it’s time.”

The Steelers have created seating pods that will accommodate anywhere from two to eight people. Season ticket holders will get to select the pods they prefer first, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

This past Thursday, Burt Lauten, Steelers Director of Communications released a statement to KDKA on whether fans will be allowed to attend games at Heinz Field this year.

“As we previously announced, we will not have any fans at our home games in September," Lauten said. However, we remain optimistic about hosting a limited amount of fans at Heinz Field beginning with our game against the Philadelphia Eagles on October 11.”

In July, the Steelers said they will require masks if fans are allowed at Heinz Field this season.

According to Amy Wadas of KDKA, the Steelers have a call this week with the Pennsylvania Department of Health regarding allowing fans in the stands during games.

“Hopefully, for the next home game, we can have fans in the building,” Rooney said.

The next home game for the Steelers is on Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. against the Eagles.

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